Costs of Adopting a Shelter or Rescue Dog

The following costs range by size of dog. But these are excellent estimates.

Start-up costs include:
Spay/Neuter $0 to $500.00
Collar and Leash $25.00 and up
Cage $35.00 - $150.00
Bowls $5.00 - $100.00
Potty training pads $100.00
Training $100 - $1000.00
Total estimated start up costs for an average sized healthy dog = $725.00

On-going annual costs:
Food $150.00 - $1000.00
Medical (yearly and emergency) $150.00 - $1000.00 +
Toys and Treats $50.00 - $500.00
License $5.00 and up
Miscellaneous (including grooming, clothing, etc) $50.00 -$500.00
Total estimated annual costs for an average sized healthy dog = $800.00
Total estimated costs for the first year for an averaged sized healthy dog = $1525.00

The dogs featured on today's segment are available for adoption at the Anti-Cruelty Society, 510 N. LaSalle in Chicago. The adoption fee is $55 and includes a spay or neuter., physical exam, initial vaccinations, microchip identification, collar and leash and 15 day post adoption veterinary care through their clinic. Adoption requirements and other helpful information is available on their website at or give them a call at 312-644-8338.

For more information about local area shelters, visit Chicago Area Shelter Alliance.
For the most comprehensive and up to date listings of local shelters and breed rescue groups visit Chicagoland Tails.
And for a listing of adoptable animals throughout the nation, visit

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